Monday, July 17, 2006

John Hagee Comes to Town

John Hagee is coming to Sin City next week for a "Washington/Israel summit," the inaugural gathering of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), which will showcase a deeper cooperation between evangelical Christians and Jews looking to advance Israeli interests in the Middle East.

Hagee says that a pre-emptive strike of Iran is necessary and American evangelicals must provide cover for Israel when the attack occurs.

The Executive Director of CUFI is David Brog, former chief of staff for Senator Arlen Specter. Apparently, one's position on abortion, civil rights for sodomites, stem cell research, etc. is no impediment to working closely with Hagee--as long as you have the "right" position on Israel.

According to the Jerusalem Post, Hagee has been calling on Jewish groups across the country, assuring them that his group will not be proselytizing. "There would be absolutely no proselytizing or missionizing associated with Christians United For Israel," says to the JP.

But don't trust the Jerusalem Post. Just listen to the words of Brog: "All activities of CUFI are strictly non-conversionary. Christians who work with Jews in supporting Israel realize how sensitive we are in talking about conversion and talking about Jesus. So those who work with us tend not to talk about Jesus more, but talk about Jesus less. They realize it will interfere with what they are trying to do -- building a bridge to the Jewish community to insure the survival of Judeo-Christian civilization."

Does Hagee look askance at Christ's command to His followers? Jesus said, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you."

Jesus has a word, too, for those who are ashamed of Him: "For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels" (Mark 8:38, see also Luke 9:26).

Do we really love war more than Christ?

5 Comments:

Blogger David McCrory said...

The nation-state of Israel has become an idol of worship in America, and like all other false gods it too will one day be torn down and cast away.

4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aargh! This drives me crazy. A seemingly innocuous error in Christian doctrine known as dispensationalism morphs into a Christian Zionist abberation that believes that the church, rahter than concentrating on the preaching of the gospel (the Great Commission, remember...) must instead see to the defense of national Israel, who to this day exhibits a blatant disregard for the Lord. And that this can and ought to be achieved politically, by giving Israel "cover!"

3:19 PM  
Blogger Scrape said...

Yup...

Who'd have thought that the children of Light would be allying with those whose father is the Devil.

The essay above ended with a perfect quote from Scripture, regarding those who would deny or be ashamed of Christ.

While words are not always necessary (ie, my actions as a witness), any Christian who would agree to not utter the name of Christ is setting themselves up to (a) not be willing to speak the Gospel when the opportunity presents itself, or (b) break their word.

-Scrape

3:35 PM  
Blogger Darrell said...

Gentleman, I could not have said it better.

12:02 PM  
Blogger Bartleby said...

Do we really love war more than Christ?

Depends on who "we" are, of course ... but if by "we" you mean Americans in general, or that subset who occupy pews on Sunday mornings, the answer is: it's not even close. "We" love war a whole lot more than "we" love Jesus. We love war vastly more than we love our neighbors -- even our close neighbors. In fact, I think we love war more than just about anything -- except for our material luxuries and creature comforts, that is.

How can a holy God endure the stench of us? Truly, "with God all things are possible."

12:06 PM  

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